Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:07 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 6:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Testimony is underway in the capital murder trial of a former Alice police officer accused of killing his common-law wife and kidnapping their son.
Jose Gonzales III, is accused of murdering Leslie Morin, 31, in December of last year. The victim's mother, Dianna Rodriguez, took the stand to testifying about the horrifying incident that her daughter.
"He pushes her and I just hear my daughter say, no Joey and I just see his hand and I see the gun, where he's shooting her," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez explained to the jury that Leslie had been staying at her parent's home in Annaville because she and Gonzales were having relationship problems.
"I can just see like flashes and that's all I can see and I did hear him say you cheated," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez says the terror of those moments are trapped in her mind. "I can hear screaming and I can, my attention was just to Leslie."
Rodriguez says Gonzales drove from his home in Alice to theirs. That's when she says he kicked the door open and chased Leslie to the back bedroom with a gun in his hand.
"I throw Leslie in the closet and then the next thing I do, I just, I go in with her and then I see him come in," Rodriguez said.
Painfully she says that's when she heard three gun shots but prosecutors say Leslie in fact suffered five gun shot wounds including one to her heart.
"I never heard my daughter anymore," she said.
Rodriguez says the terror didn't stop there. She managed to get outside of the home to call 911 and that's when she saw Gonzales leaving.
"When he came out the front door he had Dominic in one hand and a gun in the other and my daughter blood all over his white t-shirt," Rodriguez said.
Investigators say Gonzales was involved in a standoff with police at his Alice home but eventually released his son and surrendered. If Gonzales is found guilty he could get up to life in prison.
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